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Khashoggi ‘kill squad’ member dies in ‘suspicious’ road accident

Thursday - 18/10/2018 13:07
A MAN suspected as being part of a team of Saudi security forces who “tortured and killed” journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died in a “suspicious” car accident.

ONE of the alleged “hit squad” behind the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has reportedly been killed in a “suspicious” car accident.

Meshal Saad M Albostani, a lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Force, is said to have been killed in a car accident in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He is among a group of men wanted for questioning after Khashoggi went missing having entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, reports The Sun.

Turkish pro-government news organisation Yeni Safak, which carried the report of the crash, claims there are now fears he “could have been silenced.”

Meshal Saad M Albostani was reportedly killed in a motorway smash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Picture: CCTV
Meshal Saad M Albostani
was reportedly killed in a
motorway smash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Picture: CCTVSource:Supplied

It also reported that at the moment there was no further details about the fatal crash — which has not been confirmed by the authorities.

It comes as the US will give Saudi Arabia “a few more days” to work on its probe into the suspected murder of Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

Secretary Pompeo, who had just reported to Donald Trump after travelling to Saudi Arabia and Turkey, told journalists that the Saudis assured him “they will conduct a complete, thorough investigation of all the facts.”
 

 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will give Saudi Arabia “a few more days” to work on its probe into the suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Picture: AFP
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will give Saudi Arabia “a few more days” to work on its probe into the suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

Meanwhile, a former UK student named as part of a hit squad which “tortured and killed” Khashoggi specialised in mobile autopsies allowing him to cut up bodies quickly.

In a 2014 interview with a Saudi newspaper, Dr Salah al-Tubaigy praised a new portable clinic designed to carry out autopsies anywhere in a record seven minutes, reports The Sun.

It’s since been claimed Kashoggi was tortured and dismembered for exactly that time inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Tubaigy told London-based Asharq al-Awsat it was his idea to design the clinic to allow coroners to perform forensic examinations and dissect bodies at crime scenes.

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